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(Anne Paq/, August 3, 2014)
(Anne Paq/, August 3, 2014)

War, Peace, and Kites: Nitin Sawhney on the Crisis in Gaza

“Palestinian children are the ones bearing the brunt of the hostilities in this war as they have in the past,” writes Assistant Media Studies professor Nitin Sawhney and his collaborator Roger Hill in a piece currently featured in 972 Magazine.  “One can hardly comprehend the severe physical disabilities and emotional traumas that the children, who managed to survive the daily bombardment of Gaza, will be left with in coming months and years.”

Amidst the day-to-day uncertainty of Israel’s current military action in Gaza, Sawhney and Hill bring a personal perspective to the conflict, earned through real-life experience in the area.In 2010, Sawhney and Hill began filming the documentary Flying Paper, which tells the story of Palestinian teenagers focused not on the ongoing struggle with Israel, but with breaking the Guinness World Record for the most kites flown at once. The film, completed this year, has been shown at festivals around the world and featured at the United Nations.

To learn more about Flying Paper, view the video below, or visit





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